Defamation and Reputation Management

Whether you are a business or an individual, your reputation is vital and a great asset which must be protected against damaging publications and malicious rumours. A defamatory statement can have immediate consequences on the reputation of a business or an individual and can cause long term harm.

We regularly advise individuals (including journalists, politicians, community activists), and businesses on defamation, malicious falsehood, negligent misstatement, reputation management and privacy claims.

Our experienced defamation team have successfully pursued defamation claims for individuals against the nation’s most prominent media, news and content companies, publishers, advertisers, television broadcasters, film studios and radio stations including The Times, Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror and Express. Our highly experienced lawyers have also litigated ground-breaking and high-profile defamation claims in recent years including a claim against the BBC as well as Katie Hopkins. We act robustly to defend our clients’ reputations and regularly secure large financial payments for them.

We will create a tailored plan personalised to your issue. Where false or adverse material that infringes legal rights has been published, it is important to act quickly to have it removed or corrected. We have an excellent record of robustly pursuing our clients’ claims, and obtaining apologies and retractions for clients, including high value awards of compensation.

Our expertise includes the following:

  • Defamation (libel and slander);
  • Data protection;
  • Malicious falsehood;
  • Negligent misstatement;
  • Privacy;
  • Breaches of your image rights in photos and videos;
  • Protection from harassment.

If your reputation has been challenged, please call us for a free consultation on 020 7956 8699 or email info@rllaw.co.uk. Our defamation lawyers work closely with the employment team to protect your reputation.

Work highlights: Examples of recent cases successfully handled by the team include:

  • Ashraf & Zaman v Sunday Times; The Sun; Telegraph Media; Mirror; Daily Mail; and Express:
    Obtained substantial compensation from a series of national newspapers where damaging and inaccurate reports were published about our clients and alleged plots to take over a school – a story that was originally published by the Sunday Times and then repeated by others. Click here for more information.
  • Deghayes v Telegraph Media
    Successfully represented a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who had been unlawfully detained and was the victim of defamatory allegations published by the Telegraph. Click here for more information.
  • Dr Fikri v Daily Mail and Katie Hopkins
    Successfully acted for a cleric who was defamed in an article that was published in the Daily Mail by Katie Hopkins. Click here for more information.
  • Shakeel Begg v BBC [2016] EWHC 2688 (QB)
    Acted for an Imam in a high-profile claim against allegations of “extremism” by the BBC’s Andrew Neil. One of the first cases to deal with the issue as to whether a claimant’s ‘historic’ remarks could support a successful truth defence. This was a complex case which required the judge to undertake doctrinal analysis on the meanings of statements, which required expert evidence. Click here for more information.
  • Other: Bringing actions of malicious falsehood and negligence misstatement; advising on the appropriate forum for proceedings in relation to defamatory comments circulated about an individual in another jurisdiction; working with clients pre-publication in relation to media enquiries and with companies about damaging social media postings.
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    020 7956 8699